Twenty-one years ago, on November 4, 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated. Writing at The Jerusalem Post, Knesset member and former Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz remembers this man who gave his entire life to the Jewish state:
Yitzhak Rabin did not die in a car accident or under natural circumstances.
Rabin was assassinated. Three bullets were shot not only at him, but also at Israeli democracy itself...
Rabin was one of Israel’s giants, a pioneer in the Palmach who led the Israeli army as its chief of staff through the Six Day War to a glorious victory, with conquests of the Golan Heights, West Bank, Gaza and the Sinai Peninsula.
Rabin was also the prime minister who went on to conduct peace talks, signing the Sinai Interim Agreement in 1975 with Egypt and the Interim Self-Government Agreements with the Palestinian leadership.
History, however, is not only made up of paradigmatic shifts, like the one Rabin himself described about being a “soldier in the IDF” and becoming “a soldier in the army of peace.” Rabin was not only a national leader – he was also a personal political mentor and inspiration...
The night of Yitzhak’s murder was painful to the whole nation, but especially to those who knew the kind man that he was in person and who were there in the square, where the chants of peace were interrupted by three bullets, which our society still bleeds from to this day.